Getting the guts to take a cold shower

I’ve been slowly listening to some Tony Robbins and through him heard that there is evidence that taking your body temperature down is beneficial, mentally and physically.  I did some poking around and found an article on his site where it’s stated that “Every morning, Tony Robbins starts his day off by plunging into a 57-degree Fahrenheit pool of water.” which then goes into a bunch of reasons why this is a good idea.

Now I do not own a pool, let alone a dedicated pool for taking a polar plunge every morning, but today I had it in my head that I’d go for a quick run, then I’d get home, and climb into the shower, and THEN turn the water on and freeze my ass off until it warmed up.

This is somewhat of a painful venture for me since I am quite sensitive to cold (I’m the one curled up under a blanket when the thermostat is set at 70) but hey – it’s for science, right?  Also – I sometimes like to challenge myself to do things that are uncomfortable or unpleasant.  If I can do uncomfortable things when it’s my choice, then if I ever get into a situation where it’s NOT my choice, my hope is that my mind will be stress tested enough to be able to look past my discomfort, shore up some mental fortitude to put up with it and do what I need to do at that time.  Long story short:  I want to prove to myself that I am one bad ass chick.

So how did it go?  Well…

Turns out my faucet takes almost no time to heat up – what I could have sworn was 30 seconds, easy – took about 5, definitely no longer than 10. 🙂  So I got the guts up to try this super brave thing, that turned out to be Nothing – and probably saved me a few pennies because I didn’t waste forever waiting for the faucet to heat up.

So lessons?
1) I feared something that was nothing
2) Modern plumbing is pretty amazing

I don’t know if I can do a full on cold shower. I really am a total complete whimp when it comes to cold! I want to though. It’s on my list. As a stretch/growth thing to do. Someday. Haha. 🙂


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